Background/Rationale: Social networking sites such as Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn are web platforms. They allow independent applications to run within their sites to enhance the user experience, often integrating with external services to provide dynamic content as varied as reading lists from Amazon, blog posts from WordPress, to live game play from Zynga. The beauty of these external services is that they can be shared across any software platform that chooses to deploy them.
An Open Proposal Opportunity
1. Rationale – the science of operations.
CTSI’s Consultation Services Data Management Unit (DMU) is just one of the successful research resources available on campus to help UCSF faculty and staff with his/her research. Along with many other data management services, the DMU also provides consultation in data processing to help transform research data into a statistically analyzable format. In our efforts to provide consultation to the UCSF research community, we have realized that some trainees and faculty do not have the programming skills or resources to perform data processing tasks that are necessary to keep their research moving forward. Complicated data merges and transformations require specific programming expertise to ensure that it is performed correctly. Data management programmers, who can devote more time and effort to small projects, are needed. The DMU’s ability to provide these services is very limited. As a result, we have identified a gap in services that the Data Management Unit is currently able to provide.
Rationale: Currently, there is no direct pathway for health sciences research to move from scholarly publications into policy and law. Although some evidence is cherry-picked by advocates and policymakers, legislation often reflects rhetoric rather than evidence. While some translational researchers study the effects of laws or write white papers summarizing the state of the evidence, we know of none who take the approach of working with investigators to leverage their research and write model legislation.
The Challenging Path from Bench to Bedside
Title: “Expedited” Expedited CHR submission and approval for Chart Review Research (Category 5)
Rationale: Clinical researchers often perform retrospective, chart-review studies as a relatively inexpensive and quick way of determining which clinical questions are worth pursuing before engaging in more expensive, time-consuming prospective studies.
Extending Direct-to-Participant Recruitment on the Internet with Effective Online Self-Screening Eligibility Surveys
Rationale: Developing efficient and effective methods to recruit and screen participants for clinical research remains a major challenge for clinical discovery.
Rationale The Program in Implementation Science has created a series of courses within the Training in Clinical Research Program that are designed to meet the didactic training needs of fellows and junior faculty, but lacks an experiential component.